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January 22, 2011

Since the Great Wheel has no beginning or end, democracy too must go under the bus.

Indeed in Europe it is already a speck in the rear-view mirror.
The idea that spontaneous popular sentiment should influence public policy is, on the Continent and increasingly in England, a fringe belief. On its face it seems absurd, as of course it is - just as if Prince Charles were to demand his titular authority. As with anything, the capacity for government is the combination of aptitude and experience. Quite plainly, Prince Charles has neither the aptitude to rule, or the experience. His coup would therefore be a joke. Just the same can be said of the modern democratic electorate. Across centuries of throne and altar, the People grew strong; their princes, sapped by luxury, flattery and philosophy, weak; the strong seized their chance; the People pulled their princes down. And grew weak in their turn. Now the course of empire proceeds without them - to an extent they can barely imagine. By far, the American voter is the strongest left. But this isn't saying a lot. -- Unqualified Reservations: Your goverment in pictures, 1954

Posted by Vanderleun at January 22, 2011 3:17 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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I'm as convert, without the seasteading and sovereign corporations.

Posted by: james wilson at January 22, 2011 3:58 PM

Every time I start feeling smart I go over to Moldbug's site. I love to read the guy, but I confess he is just plain over my head.


Posted by: jwm at January 22, 2011 7:42 PM

Let's see....Blair, Brown and Cameron on the one hand, and Prince Charles on the other. I think I would go with Prince Charles.

Posted by: Quent at January 23, 2011 9:00 PM

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